The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called for the probe governors and local government chairmen over local government funds.
The group urged President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate how the funds allocated monthly to the 774 local governments in the country are being spent.
It made the request in a letter dated November 1 and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
SERAP requested the President to order the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, or appropriate anti-corruption agencies to urgently investigate corruption allegations in the use of the monies.
It also sought investigations into the alleged complicity of some state governors in corruption cases involving local government allocations between 1999 and 2019.
The organisation demands prosecution for any case there was relevant and sufficient admissible evidence. It also requested that relevant agencies prosecute suspected perpetrators and stolen public funds recovered.
SERAP also explained that the letter became necessary following the arrest of 16 LG chairmen in Kwara by EFCC.
Part of the SERAP statement reads: “Investigating state governors and local government chairmen over allegations of corruption and abuse of power in the use of federal allocations meant to provide public goods and services would best serve the general public interests and welfare.
“We request that you take the recommended action within 14 days of receipt and/or publication of this letter.
It says, “failing which SERAP will institute legal proceedings to compel your government to act in the public interest”.
It explained that its request was based on the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended). The country’s anti-corruption legislation and international obligations, particularly the UN Convention against Corruption.
According to SERAP, Section 7(6)(a) of the Constitution anticipates the allocation of public revenue to the 774 local governments in the country.
It added that the proposed investigations and prosecution do not offend the constitutional principles of the federation in any way.